AB 1014 – California’s New Tool To Combat Gun Violence

“Without a doubt, AB 1014 is one of the most egregious violations of civil liberties ever introduced in the California Legislature.”

-Charles H. Cunningham, Director, NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action

Tell that to the family and friends of 19-year-old George Chen;

Tell that to the family and friends of 20-year-old Cheng Yuan “James” Hong;

Tell that to the family and friends of 20-year-old Weihan “David” Wang.

Tell that to the family and friends of 22-year-old Katherine Breann Cooper;

Tell that to the family and friends of 20-year-old Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez;

Tell that to the family and friends of 20-year-old Veronika Elizabeth Weiss;

They were the six University of California, Santa Barbara students who were killed* on May 23, 2014, by 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, who had along history of mental instability,

and about whom his parents had called local law enforcement authorities a mere three weeks before the killing spree, to report their alarm at instances of behavior that led them to believe that he was a danger to himself and others. Santa Barbara Sheriff's deputies went to his apartment and spoke to him, but they did not search the premises, and they determined from their interview that no action
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should be taken. Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown after the fact stated that the deputies “determined he did not meet the criteria for an involuntary hold” and that Rodger told them “it was a misunderstanding”. Had the deputies entered Roger’s bedroom, they would have found a cache of legally-obtained firearms that he later used to kill Cooper, Michaels-Martinez and Weiss, after using various other weapons to kill the first three victims. They could have also checked registration records and they would have found the three firearms registered in Rogers’ name. They did not do so.

AB1014, signed into law this week by California Governor Jerry Brown creates a process whereby family members, and law enforcement officers, can obtain an immediate restraining order against a person about whom they have a good faith belief is a threat to the safety of others, and which would require that they be relieved of any firearms in their possession for up to 21 days, in which time a court hearing would be held, where a judge would determine if there is just cause to extend the order for up to one year.

Connecticut, Indiana and Texas already have laws that allow law enforcement officers to seize guns from people they consider to be dangerous, but no state before California has empowered civilians to instigate such action.

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As one could imagine, pro-gun manufacturer lobbying groups besides the NRA and other groups representing the fringes of society who are compelled to maintain arsenals for the day that the "Government" comes knocking on their door have said this is the worst law ever passed and that it violates the sacred second amendment right for every mentally ill person who wants one to carry a gun at all times. Someone named
Jason Kissner, writing on a site called “American Thinker” has called it “the most draconian and flagrantly unconstitutional bill in the state’s, and maybe even the nation’s, history.” What is most frightening about this statement is the fact that Kissner is a professor of criminology at California State University, Fresno. Now THAT is scary, that such a stupid, uninformed, and prejudiced person is an instructor anywhere, at any level. “Most flagrantly unconstitutional bill in … the nation’s history” – guess he never read about “Sundown” laws that required “people of color” to be out of town by sundown, just for example.

AB 1014 is vitally important tool to get dangerous weapons out of the hands of the people most likely to commit heinous crimes. Who better to know who those people are than those closest to them – their spouses, their parents, and their children.
*Another three UCSB students were shot and wounded by Roger during his spree, and ten additional students were injured by him by means of other instrumentalities.

About theHoundDawg

For many years as a lawyer, I saw much of the good and bad of society, and did what I could to right many wrongs. The lack of understanding of what is good and bad, right and wrong, just and unjust, as evidenced by such events as the election of King W as president, (who as such far surpassed the evil of richard nixon but not quite that of ronald reagan) lead me in a new direction, to spend my time trying to understand what is happening to our society, to try as best I can to spread my insights to others, and along the way to maybe even eke out a living through the internet.
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